In conjunction with her position as a national youth ambassador for the South African National AIDS Council (Sanac), Koketso Rathumbu is pursuing an honours degree in social and behavioural studies through Unisa. “I am a public health specialist in the area of HIV prevention and management concentrated among adolescents and young people,” Rathumbu says. “I am an adviser to key stakeholders such as government, donor partners, civil society and the private sector on optimising HIV prevention efforts.”
Rathumbu is working towarda a South Africa with fewer TB-related deaths, and where young people are less disproportionately affected by HIV. She serves as the technical lead for Sanac’s youth programmes — one of her proudest achievements.
“My biggest mistake has been doubting my abilities,” she says. “Every experience, no matter the magnitude, is shaping me for the person I am meant to become.”
“Allow the process of learning to unfold.”